DoD Celebrates Destruction of Its Last Chemical Agents

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October 28, 2023 | Originally published by U.S. Department of Defense on October 11, 2023

On July 7, disposal experts destroyed the last remaining M55 rocket filled with deadly sarin nerve agent at a storage facility in Kentucky.

With the disposal, the Defense Department completed the safe elimination of all declared chemical agents amassed between World War I and the late 1960s. The U.S. stockpile once consisted of about 30,600 tons of chemical warfare agents.

Deborah G. Rosenblum, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear, Chemical, and Biological Defense programs, spoke today at the Armed Forces Reserve Center in Richmond, Kentucky, where she addressed political leaders and workers from the state’s Blue Grass Army Depot, where the last chemical agents were destroyed.

“With this milestone, the United States reinforces its commitment to achieving a world free of chemical weapons,” Rosenblum said.

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